The spotlight is all on Uber this week, from its first day of trading on Friday to the strike (against Uber and Lyft on Thursday) and more. Senior RSG contributor John Ince covers Uber’s trading news, plus who is controlling the narrative nowadays, in this week’s round up.
There are many reasons why drivers nowadays are looking to rent or lease a vehicle vs. using their own for rideshare: to avoid putting miles on their car, to be able to drive while their car is in the shop, or because their vehicle doesn’t qualify to drive for Uber/Lyft. But how do you know which rental program is right for you? Today we have a guest post from Steve Johnson, a full time rideshare driver for the last 6 years, on how the different rental programs stack up for drivers.
For a full list of vehicle options, check out our Uber Vehicle Marketplace.
Whether you are new to driving rideshare or a veteran driver, you may at some point need to use one of the various rental options available to drivers. I’ve found that there are currently three key players in the ‘rideshare rental game’ that work with Uber and Lyft, each of them are very unique in bonuses and cost per week.
I have been driving for Uber and Lyft for almost 6 years now, and I have used all three of these programs. Hertz is probably the most commonly used and has been around the longest. Fair and Hyrecar are two newer options that have both become popular all over the country.
On May 8, we saw what was probably the largest Uber and Lyft protest to date with drivers in a number of cities around the world going on strike anywhere from 2 hours to the full day. The protests garnered a ton of media attention and support from various labor groups across the country.
One of the main demonstrations was planned by Rideshare Drivers United in Los Angeles, and I was there for the noon rally to see what it was all about. Here’s how it went and what the strike is trying to accomplish.
Today is the rideshare driver strike across the country. Learn more about the first strike and why it happened here, and follow along on Twitter as Harry attends the strike in LA. For more information on strikes planned across the country, visit the Rideshare Drivers United page here.
Lyft recently rolled out new Personal Power Zones in cities across the country. What are ‘personal power zones’ and how do they compare to Uber’s ‘new’ surge? RSG contributor Paula Gibbins answers those questions, plus how Lyft’s Personal Power Zones will affect drivers, below.
About a week ago, I got an email from Lyft with the subject line “Now available: Personal Power Zones”. Obviously, I was intrigued right away. What does this mean for me as a driver? Is this going to be better because it’s personalized, or will it detract from earning potential? For some reason, I think I knew the answer without having to read the e-mail.
Today, I’m going to dive into what these new Personal Power Zones are that are replacing Prime Time and what they may mean.
2018 seemed to be the Year of the Scooter. Since then, what have scooter companies learned from 2018, in terms of hardware, workforce, and regulatory challenges? In this podcast episode, I interview the co-founder and President of Spin to provider insight on Spin and the scooter industry in 2019.
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